StudeBlazer: Studebaker Lark on Blazer K5 Frame

We love old Chevy Blazers, so we briefly shed a tear when we find one has been sacrificed; but it’s a relief when the end result is awesomely odd. In this case, someone decided a 1962 Studebaker Lark two-door post would make a good off-roader. We tend to agree.

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Plymouth + Jeep + Oldsmobile = Awesome Off-Road Wagon!

Here’s a fine piece of ‘Muricana for Memorial Day. What we have here is a Plymouth Valiant wagon with Barracuda bits sitting on top of a Jeep Wagoneer frame and powered by an Olds 455. Aside from the automatics trans, this is basically perfect! As a matter of fact, we’ll accept an AT on an off-road vehicle like this.

Oh, did we mention the American Indian-themed, carved wood dashboard?

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1971 Honda Vamos

Here’s one we’d never heard of! The Vamos was based on Honda’s mini-truck, the TN360, and was a mini-Jeep competitor (think Suzuki).

The interwebs consistently indicate that about 2,500 of these were built; so this is rare outside the Lane Motor Museum (surely they have one).  The seller of our subject unit provides almost no information, other than to say this features a manual trans and a clean title.

Given the relatively high asking price, we hope this runs and drives and is in very good shape.  The photos don’t show any real issues.

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Somewhere in SoCal, USA?
$15,000

We love just about everything about this!  It features right-hand drive, a spare mounted on the body AND beautiful, plaid seats.  Also, is that a bar that lifts to act as a “door”/driver retainer??

Here’s that unique front end.

Passenger side looks much the same as the driver’s side.  Note the occupant retention system is in the deployed position here.  Also, the engine is presumably behind that black door on the lower side of the body.

We can’t see much of the rear, but we like what we see.

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Highly Customized Suzuki X90

Because the Suzuki X90 just wasn’t weird enough on its own, this one has been modified into a wanna-be off roader. Despite the 39-inch super swampers, the seller advises that this car is for “sunny day driving, or mild to moderate off roaring.”  The sunny day warning relates to the complete lack of a top and side windows.

Needless to say, this customization has taken place in Florida.

Underneath all the weirdness is a 135K mile X90, which means a simple and serviceable powertrain.  Note, however, that the seller points out that the automatic (ugh) no longer shifts into overdrive.  That sounds like a great excuse for a manual swap.  This is offered as a running, but incomplete, project, as it sounds like the interior and electrical system are not finished.

The X90 was always a two-seater, and one might wonder if this conversion ended up with more seating, like this one.  In this case, however, any extra space created was used for a ridiculous audio system using what appear to be only the finest of pawn shop brands.  After all, where do you even get “one 18″ subwoofer, two 15″ subwoofers, two 10″ subwoofers, and four 8″ three way speakers”?

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Silver Springs, FL, USA
$500 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and 6.5 days to go

Given the 1.6-liter four cylinder is still present, this intake must be only for show.  I’ll give the seller this: no one would guess this was an X90.

The rear is also completely customized.  This seems to be mimicking a side-by-side ATV.

Seats look straight out of a buggy, which is pretty cool.  This is also our only shot of he speakers. Note that there’s no mention of a head unit or amps.  We’re not sure how one would wire this up.

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Up for sale is this totally customized 1996 Suzuki X-90. It obviously is not finished. It does however, run and drive. You can physically get in it turn the key, start it up,and drive down the road. This is not an everyday vehicle, although it is street legal. There is no roof, or side windows. It is made for sunny day driving, or mild to moderate off roaring. It has brand new 39.5″ Super Swampers, a stock 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine that runs great, and does not leak or burn oil. There is enough room for a V6 engine swap, if you wish to do so. It has a custom made speaker box that contains one 18″ subwoofer, two 15″” subwoofers, two 10″ subwoofers, and four 8″ three way speakers. It also has a new battery. It has a four speed overdrive transmission, however there is an issue with it. Tough gear (overdrive) will not engage. It does however shift fine in first through third gear. The electronics in the interior need to be installed, and wired up, the rest of the interior pieces need to be bolted in, and the bodywork needs to be finished. This will make someone a great one of a kind, go almost anywhere fun vehicle. I could not get any decent pictures to load from my computer, so I took these ( with no flash available) for now. I will add good pictures asap!

FrankenPacer! AMC Pacer 4×4

What do you get when you combine a 1976 Pacer with GM axles, an AMC V8 and International Scout transmission and transfer case?  Well, this…

Okay, it’s possible the V8 is original, but the rest is an interesting combination of parts and it results in a pretty amazing ride height.  Hopefully, this actually offers some off-road capability.  We find this one particularly strange, given AMC rather uniquely offered off-road capable hatchbacks in the form of the Eagle Kammback, SX4, etc.  Perhaps this owner just had the parts lying around?

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Dolan Springs, AZ, USA
$4,900 BIN with offers considered

This is definitely unique.  Running board is a nice touch, but we hope it didn’t sacrifice ground clearance.

Flag and eagle are very much appropriate here.

Truck bumper!

Rear also features a truck bumper, with spare attached.

Apparently, the hatch clears the spare.

These always had high floors, but one could still cram a fair amount of stuff in here.  We assume the driver of this sort of vehicle hauls a lot of ammo.

Hooray for manual shifters!

Patriotic theme carries over to the seats.  This is fitting for a “Spirit of ’76” vehicle, but we find no evidence that this was part of a factory special edition.

Here’s the AMC V8.  The seller lists some work needed, but it’s not clear that the engine needs much, if anything.

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This beauty was worked on with love and attention. Converted to 4 wheel drive by adding General Motors front and rear axles. International Scout 4 speed trans and transfer case to the Pacer under carriage.Does have AC but needs work.. Runs and drives but needs a tune up and some work. It’s been setting for 2 years. Paint on top is fading, lower right windshield has a small crack. A rock pit on the left side of the windshield. Brakes work but need a vacuum boaster. Ignition switch is bad, tires are old and need replaced. Lots of things need redone. We have driven this car for years. Very good car that can be made into an attention getting very rare show car. It has been in several show magazines, and won many trophies in car shows.

Two-Stroke Pre-Samurai

Long before the Suzuki Samurai graced US shores, Suzuki offered the LJ.   The Samurai was considered basic in the 1980s and this was just as basic in its day, featuring a 0.5L, two-cylinder engine.  Off-road capability was always part of the story, though.

This example is a (possibly more rare) tin top version and the seller claims it runs, but needs clutch cable adjustment.  The seller provides a fair amount of information, but appears to have no concept of run-on sentences, punctuation and/or paragraph construction; so this is a difficult read.  Still, we think this little truck is awesome and we hope it finds a loving new buyer who will address any critical needs and otherwise drive it like it is.  This seems too original to paint or otherwise restore…

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San Bernardino, CA, USA
$6,000

Function over form is the name of the game here.  Note that a Suzuki enthusiast owns this.

Front end of L20 is different from its air-cooled L10 predecessor.

Here’s a better look at that tin top and a peek inside.

As with Samurais, the rear door is side-hinged on the Japan market side.  Older CR-V and RAV4 owners should be familiar with this annoying condition.

Door card pretty much looks like cardboard.

Interior appears to be complete.

Here’s the cargo area.  We love it this way.  The seller claims the seats were recently recovered and we hope that doesn’t just mean with plastic.

Here’s the mighty L50 two-cylinder, two-stroke engine.

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Rare And Hard To Find Unmolested And Tin Top 1972 Suzuki LJ 20 2 Stroke Water Cooler Engine And Straight Related With Suzuki Samurai.Long Story About This Little Jeeps Most Of Them Was Imported By IEC”Intercontinental Equipment Corporation In San Diego Ca”Several To Nevada,Arizona And Some To Mexico.For The Last 25 Years I Be Owned All Years And Models Of Suzuki Samurai’s Who Well Know Has The Guinness Record On Climbing Highest Altitude In Chile,,3 Years Ago I Come Across This LJ And Purchase Them With The Intention Of Put Them Back To The Streets Because My Daughter Like It And Want It To Go To The College Now She Change Her Mind And Wants Different Car. In That Time The Car Was In No Operation Since 1996 Because The Gas Tank And Radiator Needs Repairs,,Now All You Need To Know About The Little Jeep The Gas Tanks Was Fixed And Redone 1 Year Ago I Clean All The Gas Lines And Clean All The Hoses The Radiator Was Made New With All The Interior Parts And Tanks In My Presence,Now The Engine Runs And Purs Like A Kitty The Front Seats Was Redone Has ”ALL” Functional Lights It Comes With The Original Tow Bar The Door Panels Are The Original Everything Is There Included The Original Owner’s Manual And Parts Manual Along With Clean Open Title .Now The Cons.The Suki Runs And Drives But Needs To ADJUST The Clutch Cable,The Speedo Don’t Work And The Windshield Wiper Motor Need To Be Fixed,The Car Obviously Has Scratches And Minor Dents Mayority On The Bottom Rocker Panels It’s California Car So With All The Goods And Cons You Still Interested On It Email Me And Ask Questions I Don’t Do Trades At ALL You CAN Found More Information ON LJ 10 Website Or You Can Google It AT August 1971 Motor Trend Magazine Called The Great RV Binge And See Who Was The Boss In That Competition.Also You Can Found For How Much He’s Brother Was Sold Back In 2011 In Barret Jackson Auction In Sccottsdale Arizona In Soft Top Version Restored ”My Personal Taste Unmolested Cars”I Will Add Better And More Pictures

Kristi KT3 Snowcat with Needs

Today’s feature is a rare Kristi KT3 Snowcat in non-running, but essentially complete, condition.  These cool little critters were made in the 1950s and 60s and featured Volkswagen engines, as well as hydraulic leveling systems.

The Kristi company built these in Denver, Colorado, which makes sense.  This one found its way south to New Mexico, which also has no shortage of skiing.  While we have no use for it, we’d love to have it just for the coolness factor and perhaps to take to Big Bear.

The seller says this isn’t currently running, but that the engine is not seized.  VW power means minimal investment, even if a full rebuild or replacement is needed.  We’re not so sure about the hydraulic system, however.  Also, the interior looks bare from what we can tell from the lacking pictures, but the seller says the two original bench seats are included in the sale.  We hope someone scoops at this cool ride and gets it back off the road!

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Rio Rancho, NM, USA
$10,000 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

This cat’s low profile adds to stability on slopes.

Here’s the Kristi logo.

Other side show similar wear, but it’s all there.

Rear features an access door, presumably for loading cargo, tools or those the driver has to save on a mountain.

Interior pics are lacking and it doesn’t look like much is there.

We’re not sure exactly what we’re looking at here; but we see a wiring harness and perhaps some hydraulic lines.  Both should be present.
We like any vehicle that has a hand-written model info on its data card!

Here’s the VW engine’s data plate.

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Original Kristi KT3 snow cat complete.  IN unrestored condition.  New owner would have to spend some time getting this Kristi perfect again, but is very doable with its present condition.  Comes with the two interior bench seats.  Does not run, however the engine is not locked up or seized.    Please if you would like more details of specific pictures please let me know. 

S14 240SX Pickup Conversion

Here’s one we’ve never seen.  Not only was this S14 240SX converted into a pickup, but it has a serious lift and massive, off-road tires.

The seller claims this can do highway speeds and that everything works except the power windows.  Normally, we’d worry about driveline bits, but this car is easy to update with a touch differential and associated parts.  Also, (seemingly) most other 240SXs in the US are now fitted with SR20DETs putting stress on the engines and transmissions from the other side; so maybe this isn’t really much worse, aside from the possibility of a compromising angle on the axles.  What we wonder about the most is the suspension. Anywho, this can be yours for the low, low price of $4,300!

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Sumter, SC, USA
$4,300

Did anyone ask why?   Regardless, the Xterra roof rack is a nice touch.

The other side looks the same – no planned asymmetry here.

Interestingly, this bed may be larger than that of the Subaru Baja!  The seller didn’t think to include any good pics of it, though, so we can’t confirm.

We don’t see any way to open the “tailgate”; so liftover will be a problem.  The Baja may win after all.

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1995 240sx car that has been modified into a truck, this car is all 240! There is no truck frame, still has ka24 dual cam engine and 5 speed transmission, 5 lug hub conversion, drilled and slotted rotors all around, 33″ all terrains BFG, 15×10 with -44 offset wheels, Heat is hot and A/C is cold and they both work obviously, still can drive this car off road or on road still legal Will do highway speeds with no problem, car has 124,000 miles, awesome car has a tow hitch also. Only thing does need is window motors to go down, back window opens manually. I do have a clean and clear title. For sale at $4300 or trade send me your offers. No I will not take the lift off!